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Tell Us: Should University Programs Continue?

Insufficient enrollment prompts school super to recommend discontinuing half of RIH University Programs. We want to hear from you!

Last week, the Ramapo Indian Hills administration recommended cutting three University Programs due to insufficient enrollment. Patch immediately began hearing from parents and students who were upset with the cancellation of the Communications, Theater, and Information Technology University Programs, starting with the incoming freshman class this fall.

Other people have voiced the opinion that specialized programs catering to fewer than 18 students — the key number for enrollment set by the board last summer — wastes resources that are already stretched thin.

We want to know: What do you think about the potential discontinuation of these programs?

If you or your child were enrolled in a University Program, what did you like, what did you not like about it? Did you or your friends enroll in a program only to drop out later? Did you or your daughter have your heart set on the Theater Program this fall?

Patch wants to hear from you! Leave your comments below.

James February 14, 2011 at 02:20 PM
Im now in college. I spent my four years at ramapo in the communications program. i am the youngest in my faily which had tow older siblings who were in the university programs as well. i enjoyed everyday of class becasue each day was fillied with something new. The teachers i had we amazing they knew so much and also knew how to teach you the infomation so you would understand it. the ratio of kids who dropped out to styaing in was almost un countabale. If the board elminates these programs what is going to happen to the teachers will they be elimanted as well. Jobs are tough out there especaly for teachers will they ever gets jobs if they lose theirs at RIH. If the enrolment is as low as they are saying they should still keep it. RIH is known for its academics and if they get rid of these what will happen to the districts reputation.
Marc Phillips February 14, 2011 at 02:28 PM
"...catering to fewer than 18 students — the key number for enrollment set by the board last summer — wastes resources that are already stretched thin." You know what was a waste of resources? An Athletic Director who was still receiving a salary while suspended for "alleged misconduct." You know what wastes resources? That he's probably still receiving retirement benefits and a pension from our parents, the taxpayers.
David Roll February 14, 2011 at 09:53 PM
James, you were in the communications program? Really?
mindy February 15, 2011 at 12:17 PM
I am interested in how kids who are not enrolled in the University Program can take advantage of some of the classes as electives. If that is possible -- I feel that the classes will benefit many more students and possibly attract other kids in a niche they may not have had exposure to otherwise.
Janet Tanis February 15, 2011 at 01:09 PM
I agree with mindy. Allow other students to fill the void.
Britania February 17, 2011 at 03:21 PM
I have already graduated college, but I spent four years in the Theater Arts University Program. The main issue with having children outside of the program in classes are: 1. I know for Communications at least there are programs and such that take a while to learn, and after they learn it, I've been told there isn't enough time in the year to do too much with it. With the four year program, you keep on learning different software and are able to apply it at least by the time you are a senior. 2. There's a certain level of trust that many student need in order to be vulnerable in these classes and to fully express themselves. It's a trust that one would have for a sibling or a bet friend that takes a while to form. And not only is that trust between the your grade, but between the whole theater program. You learn to let your guard down and look and act silly because you know that no one will make fun of you or talk about you later. On a side note: There is not a class I took that I didn't enjoy at some point, in fact, every class even helped me in college, especially Interpersonal Communications, and any of my classes where we had to either dance, sing and act in front of the class. These programs are cherished by too many people to have it removed from the high schools.
Q March 07, 2011 at 02:28 AM
All of the University Programs should be disbanded. Eighth grade is too soon to have to decide to follow a narrow focus of study in High School. Special niche electives should be open to all students. For example, if a student with a bent towards the sciences decides to expand his/her horizons with a theater arts elective and/or an international studies elective, he/she should be able to do so. It's good to be well rounded. High School is a time of great change and growth. Students need to try out a wide variety of electives in an attempt to discover their interests. Students that are driven to follow a narrow focus will have that opportunity since the electives will still be there thanks to open enrollment.

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